1937 Studebaker Coupe Express

Studebaker’s Coupe Express foreshadowed the passenger car based trucks of the late 1950’s. It was based on the Studebaker Dictator, sharing its chassis and many body components with that model.  The Coupe Express was produced from 1937-1939, and was updated each year to reflect the latest Studebaker passenger car designs. It never sold in great numbers – only 5,700 were built during its three-year run. Coupe Expresses are highly sought after today by vintage truck enthusiasts.

Origin Engine Horsepower Number Built
South Bend 218 cu. In. (3.6 L) L-head 6 86 3,700 (1937)

Gift of Gladys Christian, Tacoma, Washington

Did You Know…?
The Studebaker Coupe Express was one of the few prewar pickup trucks available with an optional overdrive transmission.


About this Series

Keep on Truckin’: The American Pickup Truck was on display at the Museum from 2017-2018.  This series of articles comes for the displays from that exhibition.